Advice to Small Craft

Keep a listening watch on VHF Channel 12 for VTS information and advice. Avoid unnecessary transmission on this channel.

Pilotage Advice

Pilotage Advice

Keep clear of the main shipping channel unless it is necessary to cross. If it is necessary to cross, do so in the crossing area, at right angles and as quickly as possible.

Use the waiting area until the Channel is clear to cross.

Inward bound craft intending to use the ‘Inshore Route’ should join it at the Avon Buoy.

Avoid a close quarters situation. Do not approach closer than 500 metres ahead and 200 metres astern or to the side of commercial vessels.

Be aware that larger vessels require considerable room for themselves and for their attendant tugs to manoeuvre.

Avoid using VHF Channels 8 and 72. These are used for ship/tug communications.